Additional Undergraduate Programs

Departmental Honors

A student may register for GLG 498 in their senior year, as long as his/her grade point average is at least 3.0 for courses required in the geology major.

The Senior Thesis will permit the exceptional Geology major to embark upon a geolopgical research program of his/her choosing. It will provde the student an opportunity to perform an in-depth study using the skills he/she has developed as a major in geology

The student must complete an independent research project, to be conducted under close supervision with a faculty member.  

This course will require considerable independent data collection and analysis under faculty supervision.  Each student may register for 3-6 credit hours with a maximum of 12 counting towards the Departmental Honors Degree.

After a research project and advisor have been decided upon, the student and advisor must pick a committee of at least two faculty members for thesis review.  Once thesis has been reviewed and deemed acceptable, the student must present his/her thesis at a formal oral presentation.  This presentation can take place in the department as a "seminar", at the Undergraduate Reearch Forum conducted by the Offfice for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) or at a national meeting such as GSA or AGU.

Thematic Sequences

The Geology Department offers three thematic sequences; Oceanography (TGLG-1), The Water Planet
(TGLG-2), and Plate Tectonics (TGLG-3). Please contact Jonathan Levy (9-1947 or
levyj@muohio.edu) to enroll or to get more information.


Oceanography, TGLG-1
This sequence provides an appreciation of the critical importance of the oceans to the functioning of our
planet. Oceans dominate the surface area of the earth, and they are critical to the maintenance of a
habitable planet. This sequence examines what we know about the oceans and how the oceans are an
integral part of the Earth's ecology. In Tier 3, students engage in first-hand field studies, the ways that
we study the oceans.

Tier 1. Choose one of the following:
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3 hours)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3 hours)
GLG 141 Geology of National Parks (3 hours)

Tier 2
GLG 244 Oceanography (3 hours)

Tier 3. Choose one of the following:
GLG 413 Tropical Marine Ecology (5 hours)

Generally, Tier 1 courses are taught every semester; GLG 244 is taught every year. GLG 413 is taught
as a two-week field course during the summer in the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean. This course
requires summer registration of 5 credit hours and a travel/housing meal surcharge of approximately
$600. GLG 413 is generally offered every summer.



The Water Planet, TGLG-2
This thematic sequence provides an introduction to the essential role water plays on Earth with respect
to other Earth systems and in supporting life on Earth. The origin of water is examined along with
water’s physical and chemical characteristics, how they combine to make life possible on the continents
and in the oceans, and details concerning the hydrologic cycle. Over 97% of all water on Earth is in the
oceans, the focus of Tier 2. In Tier 3, freshwater systems are emphasized. Depending on the option
taken, this tier introduces economic, legal and political ramifications of water use in the US and globally
and examines in detail freshwater systems including groundwater, surface water or lake ecosystems.

Tier 1. Choose one of the following:
GEO 121 Introduction to Physical Geography (3 hours)
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3 hours)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3 hours)
GLG 141 Geology of National Parks (3 hours)

Tier 2
GLG 244 Oceanography (3 hours)
Tier 3. Choose one of the following:
GLG 307 Water and Society (3 hours)
GEO 425 Hydrogeography (3 hours)
GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4 hours)
ZOO 463 Limnology (3 hours)

Generally, Tier 1 courses are taught every semester; GLG 244, 307 and 408 and ZOO 463 are taught
every year. GEO 425 is taught every other year.

Plate Tectonics, TGLG-3
This thematic sequence provides an overview of how plate tectonics shapes the Earth, including the
creation of landforms, natural hazards, and economic reservoirs. Following an introduction to the
primary features in Tier 1, courses in Tier 2 examine physical principles underlying movement of
Earth’s surface and effects on rock types, chemistry, fabric, and layering. Tier 3 provides an opportunity
to apply the general knowledge and physical principles from the previous tiers to more complex, realworld
situations. These courses illustrate how local studies can provide insight into global processes.

Tier 1. Choose one of the following:
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3 hours)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3 hours)
GLG 141 Geology of National Parks (3 hours)

Tier 2. Choose one of the following:
GLG 261 Geohazards and the Solid Earth (3 hours) (take this then either GLG 461 or GLG 467)
GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4 hours) (take this then either GLG 322 or GLG 492)

Tier 3. Choose one of the following:
GLG 322 Structural Geology (4 hours)
GLG 461 Geophysics (3 hours)
GLG 467 Seismology (3 hours)
GLG 492 Global Tectonics (4 hours)

Generally, Tier 1 courses are taught every semester; GLG 261, 301 and 492 are offered each Spring;
GLG 322 is offered every Fall; GLG 461 and 467 are taught in alternating Fall semesters.